Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Carved Pumpkin Entries

The deadline to enter your pumpkin in the contest is midnight tonight! We know you'll still be awake snacking on candy, so you might as well send us your pictures.

Remember, send two pics:

1. One of you with your pumpkin and
2. One of just the pumpkin.

You could win comics.

Voting will start tomorrow so stay tuned for more information.

Complete contest rules are available.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

First Two Submissions in Pumpkin Carving Contest


Wow, these are some sweet pumpkin designs!


We're looking forward to receiving many more. Read the contest details and send us your two photos before midnight October 31 and you could win some comics.

Free Halloween Comics for Everyone


Remember to bring the kids into the shop any time on Halloween so they can pick out some free Halloween comics, and you know what? You can pick some even if you're not a kid. There are some exciting titles we're looking forward to ourselves, like Cow Boy, Spider-Man, Batman, Axe Cop, and more.

Vote For Best Pumpkin

Voting starts on November 1 on this website. Pumpkins with the most votes will win free comic books from our regular priced back issues, from 1st through 3rd place, $25, $15 and $10, respectively.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bring the Kids on Halloween for Free Comic Books and Treats

Free2012oct_adventure_timeWe've a big bunch of free comic books to giveaway next Wednesday, so stop in, say hello, and pick up some free comics. Here's the line up, available while supplies last. There's some good stuff in there that you don't want to miss out on! See the full gallery on Posterous

2012 Pumpkin Carving Contest


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Get your pumpkins ready! Carve them up. Take some pictures. Send them to us at empirescv@gmail.com, and we'll post them for the fans to vote on.
Prizes and Recognition
Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes, and they will receive:

- Grand prize: $25 in regular priced back issues
- Second prize: $15 in regular priced back issues
- Third prize: $10 in regular priced back issues
- Everyone wins bragging rights!



Critical Information
To be counted in the contest you must submit 2 pictures with your name and phone number as follows:
  1. A picture of the carved pumpkin
  2. A picture of you with your carved pumpkin
Displayed Pumpkins and Free Comic Books
If you bring your pumpkin in to the store for display, we'll give you 3 free Halloween comics when you drop it off. By the way, those same comics will be available for everyone on Halloween, and they'll still be free.
And now for the complete rules. Yawn...

Comic Book Discount For Sacramento Students Through November 15




We're looking for some trustworthy bounty hunters to rescue our friend Jake (pictured above) from the hands of a renegade storm trooper.
Bring In Your OneCard or Student Access Card For A 20% Discount
Until we can get Jake back or November 15, 2012, arrives (sorry Jake), we're offering a 20% discount on any and every purchase made by students who show a current, valid student campus i.d. from California State University Sacramento (CSUS, aka, Sac State), or from the Los Rios Community College District, including American River College (ARC), Consumnes River College (CRC), Sacramento City College (SCC), or Folsome Lake College (FLC).
Long live Jake!

New Comic Book Savings Program Starts January 2013


Update 10/30/2012: Detailed program information and an FAQ are now available.

Every week folks come in to buy new comic books -- and they're not part of our comic book saver program. But so what, it's not like our program has been that spectacular. For the uninitiated, a comic book saver is a list of the titles you'd like held for you each week by your favorite comic shop. This ensures that you don't miss an issue due to low print rates or hot titles selling out. Of course, with those saved titles, you'll get free bags and boards to protect your books; but again, so what! After all we're already known as the store who gives free bags and boards to anyone buying titles from the shelf of current titles.

Announcing Our New and Improved Comic Book Savings Program

Special: Sign up for our new program in November or December 2012 and you'll qualify for Advanced Title Selection for Free Comic Book Day 2013 (FCBD). For more information on that, see #7 below.

Our new program gives you plenty of reasons to sign up. We've even included a link to download the new form at the bottom of this post. Ok. So. Here's 9 Reasons:
  1. Signing bonus. You'll get a 10% discount when you sign up. Use it on that purchase or your next one.
  2. There's no obligation. Signing up is free. You're never obligated to buy a title you don't want to read anymore. Also, if you try the program and it's not a perfect fit, you can go back to picking out your favorite titles on your own every week.
  3. Free comic books.  How about one free comic of your choice? Then next a free comic we think you might want to give a shot. Another month, we'll give you a coupon for one free book for a friend.
     
  4. Exclusive member events. Party. Eat. Drink. Be Merry (or Pippin). Meet other pop culture enthusiasts. Get first rights on invitations to events with special comic book guests.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Is 24 Hour Comics Day?

A bunch of comic book writers, artists, and enthusiasts get together for 24 hours straight. The goal? Create your own 24 page comic book, from script to art, within 24 hours.
Comic shop ownerd and small press comic book publisher Ben C. Schwartz explains 24 Hour Comics Day.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Share Your Old Comics With Future Generations

By Kevin Winter
Today is a special post.  I will not talk about a specific series or comics.  I will not review the trends or comment on DC's new relaunch that we are well into.  Today I shall talk about what to do with your comics when you no longer have room.  Everyone will face this fact, after all, you can store only so many comics where you live.  The question becomes...

What do I do with my old comics?  
With many stores not buying comics, and very few comics worth a any money on eBay -- unless, say, we’re talking about Chew number 1 or Action Comics number 1 -- what do you do with them? Hold a yard sale and sell them for 25 cents each?

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Think About Future GenerationsI would like to say that I would do something else with them.  Around the country there are several special collections of just comic books and they are looking for donors just like you that are willing to part with their comics so they can be added to the collection for a future generation of people.


Now this is not for everyone, and I stress, do your research and contact the different institutions with what you are willing to donates. Found out if they have those issues already, and whether they want your comic books.  Libraries rely on donations -- for example, the newest issue of Fantastic Four -- for the new comics, since they do not get funds to buy individual comics.

Organizations That Appreciate Old Comic Books
The biggest one in the country is Michigan State University.  MSU’s comic book collection boasts around 200,000 individual American comics,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: Smallville, Season Eleven, #6

Batman goes toe to toe against Superman and stands his ground, and he does it without kryptonite. So what's his secret? You'll have to read the issue to find out.

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This face off makes the whole issue. The reason is personal to Batman. Clearly, he hasn't left his emotions out of it.

Later, Lex studies the match. Who knows where this will lead.

Get Rid of Otis!

I missed a few issues, but jumped into this one for obvious reasons. There's one major flaw to be found: Otis. Otis is a mistake. Unless there's a huge plot twist involving Otis, he needs to pack his suitcases. Otherwise, at this point, he appears to be the pointless character we've already seen elsewhere. One thing is certain: The Lex Luther of Smallville would never surround himself with the likes of Otis.

Let's hope the get back to the spirit of the original Smallville television series. Let DC not fool itself, the only readers of this comic book series are the fans of that show. Don't ruin it.